There are many good reasons for booking accommodation in the Lake District – but one of the most enduringly popular ones has to be to discover Beatrix Potter and her wonderful tales in a new and exciting way.
No doubt you all remember her amazing stories of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Mrs TiggyWinkle from your childhood, but there’s nothing quite like finding out all about the inspirations behind these tales as an adult – and bringing your own youngsters along for the ride as well.
Beatrix Potter herself spent much of her childhood holidaying in the Lake District before she became a hugely celebrated children’s author. With the money she made from her books, she bought some local hill farms and estates in the region, and did an awful lot for conservation in the area – even saving the traditional Herdwick sheep from extinction!
To find out more about her and her wonderful life, head to Bowness-on-Windermere where you’ll find The World of Beatrix Potter. This is incredibly popular and is open all year round, with different shows and themed days put on – so fun for all the family!
However, a new £1 million tourist attraction has just opened up on the Lingholm Estate near Keswick (where Beatrix Potter wrote some of her most famous books, including Squirrel Nutkin and the first manuscript of Mrs TiggyWinkle) that certainly sounds like it’ll be worth a visit.
There’s a beautiful Victorian walled garden to discover, built on the exact same spot of the old kitchen gardens, which Beatrix Potter used as inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. There’s also a café and an art wall for local artists to display their works – so you’ll be kept very busy indeed.